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Route Descriptions by Route Name

Surface Routes
Addison Addison Limited Archer Archer Exp Archer Expwy
Archer-Austin Archer-Franklin Exp Archer-Harlem Archer-Narragansett Archer-NW Station
Armitage Ashland Ashland-Archer Ashland-Downtown Austin
Bell & Howell Belmont Belmont, East Blue Island-26th Blue Line Shuttle
Broadway Broadway-State Brown Line Shuttle California, North California, South
Canal-Wacker Central Central Ltd Central, North Central-Grant
Central-Sherman Cermak Cermak, West Chicago Cicero
Cicero, North-Skokie Blvd Cicero, South Clark Clark-Wentworth Cottage Grove
Covers/Cover Letters Culture Bus Cumberland-East River Cumberland Exp Damen
Damen, North Damen, South Devon Devon, West Devon-Cicero
Devon-Northwest Exp Devon-Sheridan Diversey Division Dodge
Douglas Douglas Ext Drexel-Hyde Park Elston Supplementary Elston-Clybourn
Emerson-Dempster Evanston RT Emerg Bus Serv Foster Foster, West Foster-Canfield
Foster-East River Foster-Lawrence Foster-Northwest Hwy Fullerton Fullerton, East
Fullerton, West Garage Routes Garfield Garfield Exp Garfield Park Ext
Garfield-55th Grand Grant Park Treasures Halsted Halsted, South
Halsted-Archer Halsted-Downtown Halsted-95th Harlem Harlem, North
Harrison Harrison-Adams Higgins Hyde Park Hyde Park Exp
Illinois Center-NW Exp Illinois Center-Union Exp Indiana Indiana-Hyde Park International Towers
Inner Drive-Michigan Exp Irving Park Irving Park Exp Irving Park, West Irving Park,West Exp
Jackson Jackson Exp Jackson Park Exp Jackson-Independence Jackson Supplementary
Jeffery Jeffery Exp Jeffery Manor Exp Jeffery Manor Ltd Kedzie, North
Kedzie, South Kedzie-California Kedzie-Homan Kimball Kimball-Homan
King Drive King Drive Exp King Drive Ltd L Shuttle Weekends Lake
Lake Shore Exp, South Laramie LaSalle Lawrence Lawrence, West
'L'ephant Lincoln Lincoln-Larrabee Lincoln-Wabash Lunch Loop Shuttle
Lunt Lunt-Touhy Madison Madison-Fifth Magnificent Mile Exp
Main-Emerson Main-Oakton Marine-Michigan Marine-Michigan Exp Marine-Michigan Soldier Field Shuttle
Marquette McCormick McCormick Place-NW Station Michigan Exp Michigan, South
Michigan-State-Wacker Michigan-119th Midway Park 'n' Ride Milwaukee Milwaukee, North
Misc Routes Monroe Parking Montrose Montrose-Lawrence Morgan-Racine
Mt. Sinai Hospital Narragansett Narragansett Exp Narragansett-Ridgeland North
NorthLtd North-Narragansett North-Narragansett-Irving Park Northeastern Illinois University Northwest Hwy
NW-Franklin NW-Madison NW-Union Stations-Museums NW-Union Stations-Soldier Field NW-Wacker Exp
Ogden Ogden-Downtown Ogden-Randolph O'Hare O'Hare Exp
Ohio-Union Station Orleans Outer Drive Exp Pershing Peterson
Pulaski Pulaski, South Pulaski-Stevenson Exp Pullman Pullman-Altgeld
Pullman-111th-115th Ridge-Grant Riverdale Roosevelt Roscoe
Santa Fe School Charters Sedgwick Sedgwick-Ogden Sedgwick-Armitage
Sheridan Sheridan Exp Sheridan-LaSalle Exp Shopping Loop Shuttle Skokie
Soldier Field Special Event Shuttle Soldier Field Exp South Chicago South Chicago Exp South Deering
South Lake Shore Exp South Park South Park Ltd Southport South Shore
South Shore Exp South Shore Night Bus Stadium Exp State State Ltd
Stateliner Stevenson Exp Stockton-LaSalle Exp Stony Island Stony Island Exp
Streeterville SW Skokie Taylor-Sedgwick-Sheffield U of C Hospitals Exp U of C-Hyde Park
U of C-Kenwood U of C-Midway Union-Wacker Exp Vincennes Vincennes-111th
Vincennes-112th Wacker Exp Wacker-NW Station Wacker-Orleans Wallace-Racine
Washington Washington Exp Water Tower Exp Wentworth Westchester
Western Western, North Western, South Wilson-LaSalle Wilson-LaSalle Exp
Wilson-Michigan Wilson-Michigan Exp Wilson-Michigan Outer Drive Exp Wrigley Field Exp Yates-95th
Yates-Colfax 14th 16th-18th 25th Avenue 26th-31st
31st 31st, West 35th 35th, West-Pershing 43rd
43rd-Root 47th 47th, West 51st 51st-55th
55th 55th-Austin 55th-Narragansett 59th-61st 63rd
63rd Ltd 63rd, West 65th West 67th-69th-71st 67th-69th-79th
69th-UPS Exp 71st 71st-Yates 74th-75th 75th
79th 83rd-95th 87th 93rd-95th 93rd, East-95th
95th 95th,West 103rd-106th 103rd, East 103rd, East-106th
103rd, West 111th-115th 119th-Michigan

Rapid Transit Routes
Blue Line Brown Line Congress-Douglas-O'Hare Douglas Evanston
Evanston Exp Garfield Green Line Howard-Dan Ryan Kenwood
Lake Lake-Englewood-Jackson Park Logan Square Loop Shuttle Midway
North-South Orange Line Ravenswood Red Line Skokie Swift
Stock Yards West-Northwest West-South Yellow Line




Complete System Route Index Books

Pre-1922 files are from land value-type books. 1922 and after were issued by CSL and CTA. All files are searchable .pdf so the file size can be large (noted next to each date).

  • 05/00/1905 (15 Mb)
  • 06/00/1906 (9 Mb)
  • 06/30/1906 (10 Mb)
  • 00/00/1908 (3 Mb)
  • 12/10/1908 (2 Mb)

  • 07/15/1912 (6 Mb)
  • 00/00/1915 (6 Mb)
  • 01/31/1915 (5 Mb)
  • 02/15/1922 (9 Mb)
  • 09/14/1924 (15 Mb)

  • 11/12/1933 (11 Mb)
  • 03/01/1934 (19 Mb)
  • 11/12/1934 (11 Mb)
  • 01/01/1935 (23 Mb)
  • 08/20/1936 (13 Mb)

  • 10/11/1937 (4.5 Mb)
  • 11/18/1946 (27 Mb)
  • 03/18/1948 (31 Mb)
  • 02/07/1949 (22 Mb)
  • 04/14/1950 (21 Mb)

  • 07/23/1951 (22 Mb)
  • 03/17/1952 (26 Mb)
  • 02/02/1953 (7 Mb)
  • 01/15/1954 (10 Mb)
  • 02/20/1955 (10 Mb)

  • 10/15/1957 (25 Mb)
  • 09/29/1959 (11 Mb)
  • 02/12/1962 (12 Mb)
  • 10/15/1963 (9 Mb)
  • 12/10/1964 (12 Mb)

  • 10/16/1967 (13 Mb)
  • 04/22/1970 (32 Mb)
  • 04/00/1973 (11 Mb)
  • 07/00/1974 (32 Mb)



  • Route Histories

    These have been graciously provided by historian Andre Kristopans. They are being uploaded in numerical order by route number. More coming as they are put into an uploadable format.

  • Route #1 - Indiana-Hyde Park
  • Route #2 - Hyde Park Express
  • Route #3 - King Drive
  • Route #4 - Cottage Grove
  • Route #5 - South Shore Night Bus

  • Route #6 - Jackson Park Express
  • Route #7 - Harrison
  • Route #8 - Halsted
  • Route #9 - Ashland
  • Route #10 - Lunch Loop

  • Route #10 - Museum of Science and Industry
  • Route #11 - Lincoln
  • Route #12 - Roosevelt
  • Route #14 - Jeffery Express
  • Route #15 - Jeffery Local

  • Route #15 - Shoppers Loop
  • Route #16 - Lake
  • Route #17 - Westchester
  • Route #18 - 16th-18th
  • Route #20 - Madison

  • Route #21 - Cermak
  • Route #22 - Clark
  • Route #23 - Washington Express
  • Route #24 - Wentworth
  • Route #25 - West Cermak

  • Route #26 - South Shore Express
  • Route #27 - South Deering
  • Route #28 - Stony Island
  • Route #29 - State
  • Route #30 - South Chicago Express

  • Route #31 - 31st
  • Route #32 - West 31st
  • Route #33 - Magnificent Mile Express
  • Route #34 - South Michigan
  • Route #35 - 35th

  • Route #35W - West 35th-Pershing
  • Route #36 - Broadway
  • Route #37 - Sedgwick-Ogden
  • Route #38 - Michigan Express
  • Route #39 - Pershing

  • Route #40 - Chinatown-Pilsen Shuttle
  • Route #41 - Elston-Clybourn
  • Route #42 - Halsted-Archer
  • Route #43 - 43rd
  • Route #44 - Wallace-Racine

  • Route #45 - Ashland-Archer
  • Route #47 - 47th
  • Route #48 - South Damen
  • Route #49 - Western
  • Route #49A - South Western

  • Route #49B - North Western
  • Route #50 - Damen
  • Route #51 - 51st
  • Route #52 - Kedzie-California
  • Route #52A - South Kedzie

  • Route #53 - Pulaski
  • Route #53A - South Pulaski
  • Route #54 - Cicero
  • Route #54A - North Cicero-Skokie Blvd
  • Route #54B - South Cicero

  • Route #55 - Garfield
  • Route #55A - 55th-Austin
  • Route #55N - 55th-Narragansett
  • Route #56 - Milwaukee
  • Route #56A - North Milwaukee

  • Route #57 - Laramie
  • Route #59 - 59th-61st
  • Route #60 - Blue Island-26th
  • Route #61 - Archer-Franklin Express
  • Route #62 - Archer

  • Route #62E - Archer Express
  • Route #62H - Archer-Harlem
  • Route #63 - 63rd
  • Route #63W - West 63rd
  • Route #64 - Foster-Canfield

  • Route #65 - Grand
  • Route #66 - Chicago
  • Route #67 - 67th-69th-71st
  • Route #68 - Northwest Highway
  • Route #69 - Cumberland-East River

  • Route #70 - Division
  • Route #71 - 71st-South Shore
  • Route #72 - North
  • Route #73 - Armitage
  • Route #74 - Fullerton

  • Route #75 - 74th-75th
  • Route #76 - Diversey
  • Route #77 - Belmont
  • Route #78 - Montrose
  • Route #79 - 79th

  • Route #80 - Irving Park
  • Route #81 - Lawrence
  • Route #81W - West Lawrence
  • Route #82 - Kimball-Homan
  • Route #84 - Peterson

  • Route #85 - Central
  • Route #86 - Narragansett-Ridgeland
  • Route #87 - 87th
  • Route #90 - Harlem
  • Route #90N - North Harlem

  • Route #91 - Austin
  • Route #92 - Foster
  • Route #93 - California-Dodge
  • Route #94 - South California
  • Route #95E - 93rd-95th

  • Route #95W - 95th
  • Route #96 - Lunt
  • Route #97 - Skokie
  • Route #X98 - Avon Express
  • Route #99 - Stevenson Express

  • Route #99M - Midway Express
  • Route #X99 - Chicago Manufacturing Campus Express
  • Route #100 - Jeffery Manor Express
  • Route #103 - West 103rd
  • Route #104 - Pullman-Altgeld

  • Route #106 - 103rd-106th
  • Route #108 - Halsted-95th
  • Route #110 - Marquette
  • Route #111 - Pullman-111th-115th
  • Route #112 - Vincennes

  • Route #119 - Michigan-119th
  • Route #120 - Ogilvie-Wacker Express
  • Route #121 - Union-Wacker Express
  • Route #122 - Illinois Center-Ogilvie Express
  • Route #123 - Illinois Center-Union Express

  • Route #124 - Navy Pier Express
  • Route #125 - Water Tower Express
  • Route #126 - Jackson
  • Route #127 - NW-Madison
  • Route #129 - West Loop-South Loop

  • Route #130 - Grant Park Treasures
  • Route #131 - Washington
  • Route #134 - Stockton-LaSalle Express
  • Route #135 - Clarendon-LaSalle Express
  • Route #136 - Sheridan-LaSalle Express

  • Route #143 - Stockton-Michigan Express
  • Route #144 - Marine-Michigan Express
  • Route #145 - Wilson-Michigan
  • Route #146 - Inner Drive-Michigan
  • Route #147 - Outer Drive Express

  • Route #148 - Clarendon-Michigan Express
  • Route #151 - Sheridan
  • Route #152 - Addison
  • Route #155 - Devon
  • Route #156 - LaSalle

  • Route #157 - Streeterville
  • Route #162 - Pulaski-Stevenson Express
  • Route #164 - Narragansett Express
  • Route #165 - West 65th
  • Route #168 - UIC-Pilsen Express

  • Route #169 - 69th-UPS Hodgkins Express
  • Route #170 - University of Chicago-Midway Express
  • Route #171 - University of Chicago-Hyde Park
  • Route #172 - University of Chicago-Kenwood
  • Route #173 - University of Chicago-Lakewood

  • Route #174 - University of Chicago-Garfield Stations
  • Route #200 - Main Shuttle
  • Route #201 - Central-Ridge
  • Route #202 - Main-Emerson
  • Route #203 - Ridge-Grant

  • Route #204 - Dodge
  • Route #205 - Chicago-Golf
  • Route #206 - Evanston Circulator


  • Rapid Transit - Blue Line
  • Rapid Transit - Brown Line
  • Rapid Transit - Green Line
  • Rapid Transit - Orange Line
  • Rapid Transit - Purple Line
  • Rapid Transit - Red Line
  • Rapid Transit - Yellow Line



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